Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

Mark Diacono @MarkDiacono

Mulling over Giles Coren’s ignorant vileness, read this from @FowlMouthsFood in 2021. Has anyone ever written better about food & racism? Don’t think so. Head & heart.

It's been a very good 10 years #FandMAwards ❤️ Food & drink writers & broadcasters, there's still time to enter the @Fortnums awards, right here 👉

Happy publication day to Go Toxic Free by @AnnaTurns! 🎉

Your essential guide to understanding how some products affect the environment and our health


Available here from @hivestores

This is excellent from ⁦@aliceTTimes⁩

Covid fraudsters are being given a free pass

Why has the Gov authorised the use of bee-killing pesticides, when we’re supposed to be fighting the climate and nature crisis? @DefraGovUK & @VictoriaPrentis listen to the experts & reverse this terrible decision #NoToNeonics❌🐝☠️ (1/2)

What you need to know about training fruit trees, from fans and spirals to arches, palmettes and beyond - by @MarkDiacono in @Countrylifemag


The new Deputy Editor of @TheSun had attended one of the Govt's lockdown parties. Why didn't the press expose them sooner? Add your name to calls for an investigation into the relationships between the press and politicians here:

And I can quite honestly say that in all the XR things I've been to or observed, I've never seen anyone acting as a 'thug'. It's all incredibly well held and thought-through. 'Thug' to me is a government in bed with fossil fuel interests and refusing to adapt.

Last call for submissions to #Discoveries2022! 📚

We want to hear from aspiring female authors, if you're working on adult fiction and currently residing in the UK or Ireland.

Submit the opening 10,000 words of your novel + a synopsis by 11.59pm tonight!

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Here we go again...

So much for "following the science"



Shami Chakrabarti - this Bill is the worst attack on right to protest in a generation: Parliament Square now


Hard to exaggerate how dangerous the #PolicingBill is

It gives Home Sec powers to decide which protests go ahead & which to criminalise for being too “noisy” or “disruptive”

It puts us on road to autocracy & must be defeated. Vital that Labour Lords oppose amendments on Monday

Very pleased to have HERB longlisted for the Andre Simon

I can't wait for these...the Pig is such a special place, with incredible kitchen gardens. The 1st two dates sold out in a couple of hours but we have a few spaces on the fermentation day + the gardening day that focuses on the lesser known unexpecteds. I hope you can join us

Coming up tomorrow - Friday - at 11am on @BBCRadio4.

Episode Two of Fungi: The New Frontier.

It’s… The Biggest Show on Earth.

Featuring @curatacae @fungifoundation @Giulifungi @KAleklett @MerlinSheldrake @thecrobe.

I’m delighted to be part of the team judging the @Fortnums Food and Drink Awards 2022.

If you have something to put forward or know someone who has, please enter: Entry deadline is NOON on Thursday 27 Jan 2022

I know there are many more important things to worry about right now but I wanted to share a story of terrible customer service and how wrong a computer driven process can go so horribly wrong it feels like a Kafka play. Retweets appreciated. The story concerns @UPS

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